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their way up. >> we'll probably review that. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover r can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and edicare guide., if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you hoose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are o networks and no.referrals needed. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare .supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... how ou ould start saving. >>> new jersey is about to join 13 other states in allowing the medical use of marijuana. the state legislature has approved the bill and outgoing governor jon corzine says he will sig
for medicaid and medicare is of such services. >> the morning. i am susan dencer. happy new year and welcome to our briefing on the national health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the centers for medicare and medicaid services as well as for health affairs to bring out these spending numbers every year, and we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help cms actuaries and other members unveiled. as you were here and perhaps already read, who have had a historic slowdown in the rate of health spending, the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. of course, the other side of the story is that health spending still grew faster than the overall economy, so we are not out of our long-term trajectory of health-care spending growth continuing to outpace the growth in the gross domestic product. with no further ado, i am going to turn it over to our five panelists to present the data further. you will be hearing from mika hartmann, a statistician in the health statistics group. he works primarily on historical and age-based national health esti
on the report from members of the center of medicare and medicaid services. this is a 55 minute event. >> good morning, i'm the editor in chief of health affairs. having a year. welcome to our briefing on the health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the center for medicare and medicaid services as willis health affairs to bring out the spending numbers every year. we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help others unveil. you will hear and perhaps you have already read the historic slow down in health-care spending in 2008. the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. on the other side of the story some health-care spending grew faster than the overall economy. we are not out of our long-term trajectory. we continue to outpace the growth in the gdp. with no further ado, i will turn into our fine folks who will explain the data further. this person is very knowledgeable. we will hear from another person who is an economist at the centers for medicare and medicaid services. she was primarily on historical state based spending. she and her
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. in 2002 under the employee initiative the centers for medicare and medicaid services began publicly reporting quality information on nursing-home nationally on their web site. this was followed a year later by a similar effort in the home health arena. simultaneously there have been demonstration products by medicare in home house and skilled nursing facilities. state medicaid agencies have begun experimenting with a for performance in the nursing-home setting. the question is how these current market-based reforms address these broad goals of long-term care. in theory these reforms are perfectly compatible with these goals of improving quality of life and reducing fragmentation and increasing community-based services but there are several key attributes of these market-based reforms that may limit their effectiveness in this regard. the first limitation is current market-based reforms tend to rely on narrowly defined clinical quality measures. this tends to reinforce a medical model of care which pays more attention to clinical quality than issues related to quality of life and a c
why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
security, medicare and medicaid or as i mentioned, the military. the white house could be up for a fight because already we're hearing from house democrats who say a freeze will hurt the recovery, the president will likely talk about that tomorrow night in the state of the union address. in a minute, one minute exactly, karl rove reacts to that. martha: seeing of that, the new call for fiscal restaint comes less than a year after the president signed an appropriations bill that critickings say was lowed down -- say was loaded down with pork, they found lawmakers in washington just one day away from president obama's first state of the union address. we're joined now by karl rove, bill. bill: karl rove, former senior adviser, deputy chief of staff to president george bush and fox news contributor. want to talk to you about what's going to happen tomorrow night and i've got a list for you, my friend. by the way, how are you? >> doing well, thank you. bill: first on spending the president will propose a spending freeze, house democrats are balking, saying it's not the way to get get -- to g
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making more than $200,000, and couples making $250,000 would pay more in medicare taxes. and then in the house's version, couples making more than $1 million would get a 5.4% surtax on their adjusted gross income. >>> about 100 people gathered just outside the white house yesterday to protest against iran's government. it demanded human rights and democracy and free press for iran. the group said they wanted obama to take action to end the violence there. >>> and our reza sayah has more. >> two new items to show you on the iran desk. first of all, amateur video posted. remember, some of the video clips are being posted after the demonstrations, because the government blocked internet access or slowed it down. this shows a protester climbing up a light post and ripping down a banner bearing the picture of a leader. and rarely have we aired comments from the protesters themselves because of the media crackdown in iran, and also because a lot of the people are scared. they are convinced iranian intelligence agents are watching them and listening to them. on sunday night we
to pay for its medicare expansion and my state didn't? james q. wilson also wrote in his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing but it is one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if you'll examine the "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again. republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and other of our nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal. number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk
to resolve their differences between the house and the senate version of the medicare reform legislation that provided prescription drug benefits for medicare recipients. a very important piece of legislation, one that was not without some controversy, the house passed a version, the senate passed a version, and then in the light of day these two versions were negotiated on these days, the american people got to see the discussions that went on and got to see this bill being crafted that eventually became law. if the democrats weren't engaging in these backroom deal making deals, i don't think they'd mind the lights being turned on but the problem is they're cutting deals and the reason they're having to cut deals is because they're trying to pats a -- pass a piece of legislation that the american people don't embrace. many of us agree that health care needs to be reformed. and my colleagues on my side of the aisle, republicans and conservatives, have been offering some commonsense ideas that could reform the current system without turning over the health care to the government, without
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to go to a certain facility, this case first before medicare pays. it is fair. they are still providing a roof over your head and other things. quality is another issue. the second piece is if you use a home community-based option with medicaid and the package of options in the state include the tough stuff such as desisted technology, transportation, personal assistance. -- assisted technology, transportation, personal assistance. you still need $1,500 to do other things in your house. whatever your acute bonus injury is, this is on top of it. that is how we try to leave this. the last beasley tried to do is swear senator kennedy had been all wrong. this was never meant to put certain people out of business. we did a lot of exploration as to where this has been our of the last few years and where they are right now. they need a jump-start in order to work. this program is not the end all be all. it is to go together with the long-term care products that are out there. we had the five years in here for a reason. it was to make sure that the government that the participation they needed.
this historical legislation. it is right alongside such security and medicare. -- social security and medicare. >> in number of moderates have said [inaudible] what changes are critical? >> we want our final product to ensure affordability to the middle cows, accountability for the insurance companies, and by lowering costs for every stage. those of the standards that we have. >> [inaudible] >> i prefer to call and the public's options. we want to increase competition. there are ways to do that. we look forward to having those discussions as to reconcile the bill. unless the whole the insurance counties -- companies accountability, we will not have affordability for the middle class. we need to end discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions, to cap payments and co-payments. it is about affordability. that is essential to accessibility. we will have what we need to hold the insurance companies accountable. i contend that whatever we have coming out of this bill, we will hold them accountable. there will be crying out. -- they will be crying out. >> [inaudible] right now there has be
or not the government should take over 1/of our economy, slash medicare by half a trillion dollars, raise taxes by half a trillion dollars and drive insurance rates up for the most of the rest of our country and i think we heard a large and resounding message yesterday if one of the most, if not arguably the most liberal states in america. the people of massachusetts spoke and spoke loudly. one concern i know a imin of you had about the outcome of this election would be whether the new senator would be seated. i'm convinced now that no gamesmanship will be played by the other side with regard to future votes in the senate. senator jim webb, made it clear he will not participate in any additional health care votes prior to senator brown being sworn in. and i noticed that elected officials in massachusetts who were principally responsible for certifying election after earlier saying take up to two weeks, indicated it could be as soon today. i don't believe the kind of thing we've seen on full diswith the corn husbander kick back, the louis purchase, the gator aide, drafting the bill behind closed doors,
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over the next ten years, the medicare drug benefit will, which is about the cost of the health benefits. so these people just have no credibility whatsoever when they complain about deficits. post ogre book is about this a deli or of supply-side economics as reaganomics as it has been known. starts with a look back to fdr. in a chapter to the triumph of keynesian economics. >> guest: my basic idea was that i had observed the supply-side economics had gone to recycle where there was a real problem that the existing orthodox couldn't handle the new philosophy, the supply-side philosophy, came into existence was implemented come appeared to be successful and then henceforth it was supplied in every circumstance, whether was justified or not. say what kind of a cycle of success and failure. and as i thought about it, i realized that keynesian economics have gone through exactly the same cycle. it had been implemented in 1930's, helped and the great depression, but then was misapplied in the 1950's and 60's and give us inflation. so it seemed to me there was a cemetery here that was interest
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the uninsured by funding medicare and shifting costs to already cash-strapped states or counting savings in medicare by say saying they would extend the life of the program but spending money elsewhere. >> you can't spin the same dollar twice. it's congressman's dream but it won't work. >> and there's the doctor fix in medicare. a move to undo one of congress's previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. doctors who help the elderly would face a 21% costs in fees this year and every year after that. that has been removed from the reform bill. >> the biggest hole in the financing is the fact that they have left out the doc fix. >> if that were counted the bill shifts it from reducing the deficit to making it worst because the doc fix would cost some $210 billion. congress still has to fix it anyway so the house pass it had separately but simply added the cost to the deficit, which troubles democratic interests. >> the question is how will that be financed or will it be financed? i think that's on open question. >> the cuts to doctors and earlier attempt to cut medicare spending never to
. automatic crash response. built into 15 chevy models. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. >>> abu mulal al balawi, the double, maybe triple agent, who double-crossed the cia in afghanistan last week, blew himself up and took seven cia contracts with him. he was offering the cia tantalizing information about osama bin laden's deputy, but who was he really working for? al qaeda now taking credit for that attack. he pested a statement on an islamic website. >>> so, if that's true, how did al qaeda get into this guy's head? turn a jordanian doctor into a suicide bomber? cnn's chief chief international correspondent, nic robertson, talked with his family. it's a cnn exclusive. >> reporter: i'm meeting with the father of the man who is alleged of killing seven cia operatives in afghanistan. what can you tell us about your son? >> now, no comment. >> reporter: why not no comment? >> nothing sure. >> reporter: you don't know for sure. >> no sure. >> reporter: we're in a middle-class neighborhood of amman, jordan. it is late afternoon, and he's going to the mosque for prayers at sundown. he prom
in washington on massachusetts. cutting half a trillion dollars from medicare you're going to look at longer lines, lesser coverage. we know we need to reform pricing as a member going to be doing very shortly. but do you think were going to have a one-size-fits-all plan in congress is going to come down here in massachusetts and hurt what we have here at that's one of the differences between martha coakley and i peered were talking about a trillion dollar health care plan, have a trillion dollars of medicare cuts at a time when we just don't need it. i would propose actually going and allowing the state to do it individually with a government incentive i senate. very similar to what he did here. we can actually export out and show them how to do it. i'm looking for to having the opportunity to be the 41st about and make sure that we get that plan back to the drawing board. >> ms. coakley? >> thank you, david. thanks for hosting us this evening. how would be proud to be the 60th vote to make sure we get health care reform that we so badly need. we've taken a major massachusetts and getting e
, the modest income from social security he's over the limit to receive medicare. no insurance, but a bag full of medications that run more than $5,000 a month. >> every day. every day. >> reporter: and the prospect if the cancer comes back of much more daunting expenses. >> the bone marrow testing alone costs like that's just the testing part of it. >> reporter: 800,000 patients pass through jps every year. fewer than 7% of them have private health insurance. >> we've got surgery in two. three. >> reporter: those here who do have coverage are likely to medicare or medicaid and when the jps ceo and chief of medicine hear the president promise to squeeze billions in savings from knows federal programs, they worry and among other things it could exacerbate an already acute doctor shorts allege in texas. >> we have a significant problem with medicaid only 38% of our physicianses participate in medicaid programs. so if we start squeezing the payment rates down or freezing them, we're going see fewer and fewer physicians who will want to participate in those programs. >> reporter: while public hosp
reforms. we're going to lower the cost of medicare and medicaid, and it won't cost anybody anything. that is great politics. it's just not true. >> was the president right, there's no free lunch in health care? >> well, look, of course, there are all kinds of choices to be made in the development of public policy. but i think i remember that moment, i was a few feet away from the president at the time, i think he was talking to congressman tom price, he alluded to our solutions, our better solutions handbook that we handed out today available at gop.gov if you want to look through it, and i think he thought our proposals were just the summary references on the page of the better solutions book. and tom price of georgia and myself went on to say, no, we have substantive, detailed bills that were filed in the congress, that were summarily excluded from consideration by your party on capitol hill. and the president, from where i'm sitting, acknowledged that. he said he had made the hard choices. we made the hard choices, too. you can look them up in our legislation. you know, all we've
middle-age because the pattern of the war. most are going to qualify for medicare any way. the va has excess capacity. soon it's going to have a lot more excess capacity. it is less the world war ii generation and the korean war passalong. it's also been a winning for a decade now has literally offering the best care anywhere on metrics ranging from patient satisfaction to the use of information technology, evidence based medicine. anybody remotely acquainted with the quality of literature on health care the last decade would know the va has the best care anywhere. also, although it is hard to get a card number it appears the cost per patient as compared to medicare is about two-thirds. so this is a triple winner. open up the va to the vets who can use the medicare entitlement not only that, open it up to their wives, let them buy into the system. this now makes clinical sense but 8-year-old veteran scott more bdy with their wife, they have to take care of their tether to the coverage of the buttocks sense because every person of medicare and to the va you have saved about one third a
is the good news -- compared to medicare, social security is in reasonably good shape, with a relatively small adjustments, you can have a solvent for a long time to the social security is going to be there. i know people are concerned about it. social security we can fix. in terms of the cola, which stands for cost-of-living allowance -- it is put in place to make sure that social security is keeping up with inflation. here is the problem -- this past year, because of the severity of the recession, we did on that inflation, we had deflation. -- we did not have inflation, we had deflationary prices actually fell last year. as a consequence, seniors were not eligible for a cost-of- living adjustment because prices did not go up in the aggregate. that does not mean that individual folks were not being pinched by higher heating prices or what have you, but on average, prices went down. here is what we did -- working with these key members of congress here, we did vote to provide aid to order to the dollar -- provide the $250 one- time payment to seniors, which when he factored in, amounted to 1.8
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. >> yes, what does is across the board spending freeze, which includes the defense department, medicare, medicaid. i mean, those are the things, if you're willing to do it across the board, then i think it makes sense. the question is folks voting for an across the board freeze, i doubt it. would you vote -- >> he favors this decifit panel to monitor federal spending but that's not going to go into effect conveniently until after the election, until he -- so he has all this time to spend. >> all government -- are you in favor of an all-government freeze or not? if you're -- this is wonderful. okay, fine, medicare and medicaid, want to make sure we've got that in the record. >> he needs to stop spending. >> i just want to makure you're on the record. martha: we've got andrea on the record, across the board freezing freeze. you've got important ideas and i appreciate you talking with them about this this morning. gregg: you may recall candidate obama ridiculed a guy named john mccain when he proposed a spending freeze. we're going to talk about that in the next hour. >>> new research on o
's power. medicare, medicaid, social security, all of -- all three. >> let's talk about that. how did they get there? they got there through cloture and they bought off individual citizens -- senators and in this case, the benefit is for a narrow interest. it does not serve the general welfare. i think any simple and clear-minded analysis would say that that in fact did injustice to any practical consideration of the welfare clause. gregg: you argue and mention just -- mentioned a second ago, you know, deals were cut to secure the vote. >> yes, sir. gregg: and you have argued in your op-ed that that runs afoul of the constitution. well, professor, doesn't nearly every spending bill in washington do precisely that? i mean, goodness, earmarks are slipped into just about every spending bill that -- and that is selective spending and advantages some states and disadvantages others, doesn't it? >> you are a lawyer and i would suggest that in this case this is a prime case that should be advanced to the supreme court to make a decision. let's say that there are things that have gotten under
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childhood education, and the notion that we should freeze that when there may be, for example this medicare subsidy doesn't make sense. let me tell you another place where i'd like to look for some savings. we're currently spending $10 billion a month in iraq, when they have a $79 billion surplus. it seems to me that if we're going to be strong at home as well as strong abroad, we've got to look at bringing that war to a close. >> and in another largely symbolic move, the administration confirming the president will announce a salary freeze tomorrow night for senior white house officials and top political appointees. let's bring in as promises, university of california at berkeley, robert reich, also the author of "supercapitalism" now out in paperback. thanks again for your time, sir. >> good evening, keith. >> as you understand this idea, what is it supposed to achieve and will it achieve that? >> well, i don't know. that's a very very good question. if the economy were at full capacity, if everybody had a job, if we were worried about inflation, maybe then, under those circumstances you
marketplace. we want a system where seniors don't have huge gaps in their medicare prescription drug coverage. and where medicare itself is on a sound financial footing. those are the things that we're fighting for. and i'm not going to stop on that, because it's the right thing to do. and by the way, if you are serious about reducing our deficit and debt, you cannot accomplish it without reforming our health care system, because that's what's gobbling up more federal dollars than anything else. i don't understand folks who say they don't want to see government spending out of control and then are fighting reforms that the congressional budget office says would cut $1 trillion off our deficit over the next two decades. those aren't my numbers. we're never going to stop fighting to cut waste and abuse. we have had deficits that have been accumulating for too long. families across the country are tightening their belt and making tough decisions. it's time for the federal government to do the same. and that's why i proposed specific steps last night to bring the deficit down. and i'm grateful th
think, in its rightful place, alongside social security, medicare and now health care for all americans. any of my colleagues wish to add? any question? >> madam speaker, as you know, a number of moderates said that the senate legislation can't change too much and still get 60 votes in the senate. so what is is it critical for members to see? >> we want our final product, as i'm sure everyone in the house and senate would agree to ensure affordability for the middle class, accountability for the insurance company as it provides accessibility by lowering costs for every -- at every stage. those are the standards that we have which i think are shared in the house and in the senate. >> the senate should know -- [inaudible] >> we need 218. >> madam speaker -- [inaudible] >> the fact is the public option -- i prefer to call it the public's option, an option for the public to hold the insurance companies accountable and to increase competition. there are other ways to do that. and we look forward to having those discussions as we reconcile the bill. but unless we hold the insurance companies
with its medicare cuts and tax hikes. and if there's a sweetheart deal that needs to be cut, democrats will cut it. and if there's a vote that needs to be bought, they'll buy it. haven't we had enough of government propped up on payoffs and pork barrel spending? haven't we had enough of the same old us versus them politics that uses yesterday's battles to distract us from today's problems? we're all in this together and need positive forward-looking solutions to bring us together. >> boehner also says the democratic health plan is something families just can't afford and want nothing to do with. >>> haitians are saying their good-byes to the catholic bishop at port-au-prince. he died last week in the earthquake. archbishop timothy dolan and vatican's ambassador to haiti joined about 1,000 mourners in a park across the street from the ruins of the city's cathedral. the ceremony also doubled as a funeral for vicar charles benoit who died in the disaster. >>> if you give money to help the victims of the haiti earthquake, you can write off your charitable donations in this year's return, t
's the clinic in glendale, arizona that will no longer accept medicare patients. the other clinics will continue to do so. we're happy to get that message out. i don't know if monica crowley's ashearings of popo -- i was dis >>> in virginia, your talking points are right on. we are reacting to terror rather than being on the offensive. from wisconsin, i know these judges who are lenient with child sexual predators are driving you crazy. maybe they sympathize with them. their actions speak louder than any words. it doesn't matter why judge brown in massachusetts gave an accused child rapist $10,000 bail. that doesn't matter. the judge did it and now the man is charged with raping a three-year-old girl. he should be impeached immediately. that's all that matters. actions. dave miller, benefitwood, california, the judge is disgusting. valerie, caramel, indiana, i admire how "the factor" team is confronting these judges. keep up the good work. jim, in ohio, i'm just 16, but could beat martha macallum in the news quiz. she won't like that. mark, pennsylvania. please hire the mexican weather lady to f
. but those mandatory programs include medicare, medicaid, social security and other programs that really do require billions upon billions of dollars. democrats say, look, you should not exempt the defense department as the president's proposed to do. there could be a lot of trims within that as well. republicans are not happy, either. so a measure of bipartisanship, i guess. not the kind the president would like to see. republicans say this is all just a drop in the bucket, something more dramatic has to be done about federal spending. so the president's budget out tomorrow. released a big ritual every year down at the government printing office. >> mike, what about the reaction to the president's televised back-and-forth with the gop? apparently new reaction this morning from the right? >> reporter: that's right. john boehner is the republican leader of the house. he was on stage with the president, that extraordinary encounter at baltimore when the president there you see him taking the stage, met with the entire house gop and answered questions for more than an hour. the talk is biparti
have a clause i system of his. we have medicare and medicaid. half of all health care expenditures. if you look at those programs, basic to put us in the, they everybody. and keep the price below what they would pay any market player and what happened to sort of elementary. you subsidize something, get more of the. once you get more of it, you get a big explosion to man. and eventually, the government has to put a cap on that and then you get government rationing. when that happens you get lines. and who is going to go to the top of the line? i will tell you who will go to the top of the line. people like me. people with connection, people who are knowledgeable, people who can game the system. is going to go to the bottom of the line? i live in west virginia. poured west virginians. if you want to be fair, this is not a fair system. now, to do this, we would need to talk about what a feasible alternative, what a real market-based insurance would look like. do you want me to talk about that? >> yes, please. >> we have to compare because it's not fair to just look at one system. just
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run there. so my answer to you is i... if we were in a system where we had medicare for everybody, i think that would be a great system. if we had a system we where we had private insurance plans for everybody, i think it could be a great system, too. the devil is in the details. you can make a terrible system under either one of those... >> rose: what would you need if you had a private insurance... essentially a private insurance system to make sure that it worked? >> in the countries that have private insurance as the dominant way that prix ride is care, it's heavily regulated. the insurers cannot just... not only cannot provide pre-existing condition exclusions, they also have to be public about the ways they spent their dollars, they have serious competition over whether the quality of care and the provision of care is up to you have? and that kind of approach requires living with rules of the road that make it so you can have genuine fairness and competition for driving better care now will private insurers actually provide value added by... in a new system in? that ball goes t
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